National assessment policy reform 14-16 and its consequences for young people: student views and experiences of GCSE reform in Northern Ireland and Wales

Rhian Barrance, Jannette Elwood

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Abstract

This paper uses data from a mixed-methods research project which explored the views and experiences of students in Northern Ireland and Wales on the assessment and reform of GCSEs. The research found that while students were generally supportive of the substance of the reforms in each region, they raised concerns about the rapid pace of reform, and questioned whether changes were in their best interests. Participants expressed particular anxiety about the end of three-country regulation of GCSEs and the consequences of this development for students. As those most affected by changes to qualifications, they wanted a greater role in determining national assessment policies. Considering the impact of such reforms on young people, and recognising the important perspectives they can offer on how qualifications are enacted in practice, it is argued that the concept of student voice should be broadened to accommodate young people’s involvement in national assessment and educational decisions.
Original languageEnglish
Article numberhttps://doi.org/10.1080/0969594X.2017.1410465
Pages (from-to)252-271
Number of pages19
JournalAssessment in Education Principles Policy and Practice
Volume25
Issue number3
Early online date08 Jan 2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 21 Jul 2018

Keywords

  • Assessment policy reform; student views; GCSEs; student voice; qualifications

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)

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